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Culture Night is coming back to Powerscourt Centre this September! Culture Night is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. The annual event has grown from a relatively small scale cultural event staged only in Dublin in 2006 to the significant national cultural event it now is, with some 400,000 people visiting museums, galleries, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres across the island. The initiative has captured both the public imagination and the enthusiasm of artists and cultural organisations.

The Powerscourt Townhouse will open the doors to its historical past on September 20th to celebrate Culture Night 2019.

Pat Liddy, the well-known historian, writer and artist, will host two tours of the house at 5:30pm and 7:30pm. The meeting point will be at the steps of the building on South William Street.

As you are guided through the rooms, from the kitchen to the Ballroom, you will be able to imagine what life was like for Lord & Lady Powerscourt in their beautiful Townhouse. The Culwick Choral Society will also be performing in the Centre from 7:00pm.

For one night only you can experience Powerscourt Centre in all it’s historical glory!

14 07 2017

Behind The Brands

With Jennifer Rothwell

Powerscourt Centre is at the heart of Dublin’s Creative Quarter and is delighted to have some of Irelands most successful, inspirational and talented designers on hand. We sat down with three designers at the Powerscourt Centre to find out the background of their brands and gain some insights on what it takes to be so successful.

The first in the series of Behind the Brands is Jennifer Rothwell. Jennifer began her journey at Powerscourt Centre in 2014 when she set up her flagship store. Being one of Irelands most successful Irish designers, we wanted to get to know who is behind the brand a little better.

What made you choose this career path? Was design always of interest to you?

I have always been creative; I have loved to draw and paint from a very early age. I suppose my love of fashion started when I decided to turn my pink jumpsuit, which had elasticized cuff sleeves, into a pair of trousers for my Barbie Doll, I was only 7! I knew a career where I had to conform and wear a business suit, that just was not me! I wanted a career where I could continue to have fun and create beautiful things every day! I studied Education at NCAD first and then decided to move into Fashion.

What inspires you and your pieces? 

Vibrant Colours, Fabrics and especially my love of Irish Heritage and Culture. I am very passionate about my Irish heritage and culture. In 2015 I wanted to help reignite the Celtic Revival of the 19th and 20th centuries. The aim was to celebrate Irish artists, folklore, legends and traditions through fashion in a modern and contemporary way.  As a result, I created a varied range of my printing which was inspired by Harry Clarke’s, Book of Kells and 1916 GPO. My One Shoulder Stain Glass Printed Gown was worn on the Red Carpet at the Oscar’s by Liselott Olofsson, wife of Tom Moore who directed Song of the Sea which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.  In 2016, the National Museum of Ireland purchased 3 of my printed designs for their Contemporary Design Collection. I am very proud of this, it was a great endorsement of my work. I live and breathe the Made in Ireland Campaign although it can be very challenging at times. My passion started back in 2008 and continues to grow each day!

What attracted you to base your business in Powerscourt Shopping Centre?

ln 2014, I decided to open my first flagship boutique in Powerscourt Townhouse in the Creative Quarter.  I wanted to showcase my own collection while also supporting other fellow Irish fashion, accessory and jewellery designers that also exclusively make in Ireland. Powerscourt is such a beautiful period building and a perfect fit for my brand and boutique! I sincerely want to give fellow Irish designers, and myself included, a genuine platform to sell directly to the public, to promote and grow their businesses and create employment in the Irish design and manufacturing industry.

What do you think makes your pieces so unique and sought after?

Jennifer Rothwell designs are vibrant, colourful and are for clients that want to stand out of the crowd, who want something different and unique. We also offer a bespoke tailor-made service. Jennifer Rothwell is currently the only designer that digitally prints and makes in Ireland so we can create bespoke orders for customers worldwide! Jennifer Rothwell customers know when they buy our designs that they are investing in top quality garments that are unique, timeless fashion that will stand the test of time!

What is your favourite piece in store at the moment?

I love our printed range of Silk Tops; they are so versatile, you can wear them with white jeans for a casual summer look or wear them under a business suit for a more professional Look. The perfect day into evening piece! Our colourful prints make you feel happy too which is essential for every woman’s wardrobe.

What does the future hold for Jennifer Rothwell?

Global expansion! Jennifer Rothwell has its sights on the UK and USA markets over the next 6 months. An amazing photoshoot is also currently in the works for a major publication! There are so many very exciting things happening at Jennifer Rothwell HQ, the future is very bright indeed!

You can find Jennifer Rothwell on the Top Floor of the Powerscourt Centre or shop the collection online at www.JRothwell.net

It’s summer – This time of year is full of catching up with friends over brunch and doing some people watching with a refreshing drink in hand. What better place to do this than in Powerscourt Centre? We’re extremely Instagram friendly and you’ll be an #instafoodie in no time. Take a look at our foodie guide – we wanted to shine a spotlight on the hottest dishes, drinks and treats from around the Centre.

Brunchin’

Brunch Instagram - Powerscourt Centre

With Dublin’s brunch scene constantly growing, we all love a good instapic of your brunch at the weekend. What better way to provide curated brunch inspiration to your followers than avo toast and eggs? Often a good brunch is hard to get right, but not here in Powerscourt Centre! Our favourites for Avocado Eggs has to be the smashed Avocados, Baked Plum Tomato, Smoked Mozzarella and Pesto delight from Farrier & Draper. On par with this is The Pepper Pot’s Sourdough, Smashed Avocado, Poached Eggs topped with crispy Bacon.

If you’re after something sweet for brunch the Pancakes with Ricotta, Maple Syrup and Mixed Berries from Farrier & Draper are a must. The French Toast with Bacon from Pygmalion is drizzled in maple syrup and is another ‘go to’ for your sweet tooth. Add a little taste of France to your day with a Ham and Cheese Croissant with Baked Ham, Emmental Cheese and Béchamel Sauce from Le Petit Parisien.

A brunch menu isn’t complete without some Eggs Royale on the menu! The Townhouse Café do a mouth-watering English muffin topped with Smoked Salmon, a Poached Egg, and Hollandaise Sauce. Be sure to take an Instagram picture before you dive in!

Is it lunchtime yet?

Lunch Instagram

Dublin’s streets are packed with excellent places to grab an appetising lunch and catch up with friends. You can’t beat a hearty sambo when it comes to lunch. The Pepper Pot sandwiches are enormous and filling. Roast Pear, Bacon and Mount Callan cheese on thick fresh white bread. Yes Please!

You can’t beat some bruschetta to nibble on over lunch – it’s simple and tasty – especially Farrier & Draper’s Bruschetta selection with Tomato, Basil and Garlic or with Goat’s Cheese, Prosciutto and Fig Jam as well as the veggie option with Roast Aubergine and Artichoke.

Le Petit Parisien do a mean Quiche Lorraine filled with Bacon and Emmental Cheese – a classic french dish, perfect to prevent that midday slump.

If you’re looking for something crunchy and cheesy, how do Pygmalion’s Nachos sound? Baked Tortilla Chips topped with Monterey Jack Cheese, Jalapeno, Refried Beans, Guacamole, Salsa and Chilli Con Carne will definitely hit the spot. We love ours with a side of Sweet Potato Fries too.

Satisfying Salads!

Instagram Lunch

Trying to keep your health kick going throughout the summer can be difficult so Powerscourt Shopping Centre are on hand to bring you some delicious salads to help keep you on track!

We love The Pepper Pot’s Pan-Fried Goats Cheese Salad with Gubbeen Chorizo and Vine Tomatoes. Another delicious go to is the ’Manza’ with Flank Steak Salad with Grilled Mushrooms, Artichoke, Rocket and Radish from Farrier & Draper.

We can’t forget the Classic Chicken Ceasar Salad from The Townhouse Cafe, a firm favourite with Grilled Chicken, fresh Romaine Lettuce and Cherry Tomatoes tossed with a delicious Caesar dressing. Topped with shaved Parmesan Cheese and Croutons, this is sure to hit the spot.

If you’re a fan of avocados (who isn’t), you NEED to try the Avocado and Crab or Smoked Salmon Salad served with a crispy Baguette from Le Petit Parisien. We’re getting hungry just thinking about them! Healthy, delicious and filling!

Dinner

Instagram Dinner Powerscourt Centre

If you’re looking to grab a bite to eat, get more bang for your buck with Farrier & Draper and let your taste buds run wild. It’s early bird menu is available from 5.00pm – 6.30pm, with 2 courses for just €22 or 3 courses for €25. Bargain! We’re loving the Prosciutto to start, with San Daniele Ham, Irish Buffalo Mozzarella, Vine tomatoes and Fig preserved.

For your main course, we recommend a Pizza – the Diavola – smothered with mozzarella, spicy Italian salami and sundried tomatoes. Throw in a glass of wine for good measure. With specials daily, there is always something different on the menu at The Townhouse Café. Daily specials include Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli with King Prawns and Parmesan, Hake and Pesto Pasta or a juicy 8oz Rib Eye Steak. Plus, there is ‘two for one’ on wine or prosecco so #winenot?

Craving Something Sweet?

Cakes and Pastries at Powerscourt Townhouse

To curb your sweet tooth, we are in awe of the classic Victoria Sandwich from The Pepper Pot – The Light Sponge filled with Whipped Cream and Jam is the perfect afternoon treat!

There is a ton of other great healthy treats to opt for too which are gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar-free: Goji Berries and Pistachio Almond and Cashews with Raw Cacao – Yum!

Le Petit Parisian is a little slice of Paris right in the heart of Dublin’s city centre. All pastries are made in their in-house bakery on the top floor of Powerscourt, oozing of fresh baked goods for an authentic serving of France. We’re talking Instagram heaven here -with baskets of croissants, glazed pastries, and exquisite fruit tarts, there’s certainly something for everyone.

The Townhouse Cafe’s Bailey’s Cheesecake is divine – the smooth, creamy liqueur gives this cheesecake the wow factor. Wash it down with an Irish Coffee. Why not eh?

It’s Cocktail O’Clock!

Instagram Cocktails

Pygmalion is an old reliable and a haven for people watching, and is known for it’s tasty ‘2-4-1’ “Pygtails” offer which runs weekly from Sunday to Thursday and 40% off all drinks on Sundays! We’re talking Minty Mojitos, Espresso Martinis, Whiskey Sours and Tangle Twisters. All ‘buy one, get one free’, we don’t have to tell you twice!

Farrier & Draper is another ‘go to’ hotspot, nestled right on the front-line of Dublin’s Creative Quarter. When it comes to cocktails, we love their fresh take on the old classics. ‘Shake it baby’ & ‘Whiskey for Business’ sound fab! Enjoy your cocktails in the 1920’s décor, listening to some uplifting tunes from there in-house DJ. How about something cool and refreshing sans alcohol to quench your thirst?

The range of Ice Cold Drinks from The Townhouse Café will sort you out! Choose from Homemade Lemonade, Iced Coconut Mocha, Passion Fruit Iced Tea and Iced Vanilla Latte.

The New Yorks Times’ article on June 28 on 5 Places to Shop in Dublin, mentions not one but two stores in Powerscourt Townhouse. So exciting to see the Creative Quarter being recognised internationally as the go-to area for contemporary and modern Irish independent designers and retailers.

From the New York Times

One block west [of Grafton Street] lies a mix of independent boutiques, cafes and galleries in what is known as the Creative Quarter. Many shops on three parallel streets — Clarendon, William and Drury — feature local designers and artisans. While the district has been a retail area since the 19th century when the George’s Street Arcade, Ireland’s first (and still functioning) shopping center opened, new developments have helped create a concentrated destination for contemporary Irish design.

MADE Powerscourt Townhouse

MADEfrom the New York Times:

Opened in 2016, Made carries fashion-forward women’s clothes from Irish lines, such as cartoon-illustrated dresses by Electronic Sheep and Victorian ruffle collars by Natalie B. Coleman. One corner is devoted to the nature-inspired jewelry company Chupi.

MoMuse Powerscourt Townhouse

MoMusefrom the New York Times

This inviting shop in Powerscourt Centre features jewelry by its owner, the designer Margaret O’Rourke, including pendant necklaces with nine-karat-gold discs and gold chain drop earrings. Also look for alpaca and silk scarves from Mucros Weavers, based in Killarney, and made-in-Dublin cashmere knits from Eilis Boyle.

Read the full article here

Summer has arrived and Powerscourt Centre is bursting with gorgeous summer colours and delicious summer cocktails.  We have chosen some of our favourites that we don’t want you to miss!

 Pygmalion

PYG Cocktails

An old reliable and a haven for people watching, Pygmalion or PYG to the cool kids on the block, is known for their tasty 2-4-1 “Pygtails” offer which runs weekly from Sunday to Thursday. We’re talking Minty Mojitos, Espresso Martinis, Whiskey Sours and Tangle Twisters.

All buy one get one free – we don’t have to tell you twice!

We’re huge fans of ‘The Pyglet’ enriched with flavours of gin, elderflower, mint, and apple is sure to tickle your fancy. Another of our favs is ‘My Fair Lady’, a rum based cocktail with Pinot Grigio, Passion fruit and peach – YUM!

If you’re looking for bit of banter and a #SundayFunday, PYG is one to visit. On top of 2-4-1 “Pygtails’’ there’s also an additional 40% off all other drinks on a Sunday plus great DJ’s, the atmosphere here is electric. Pygmalion’s terrace on Coppinger Row is heated enough to sit outside and preferred by many and famed for its laid-back vibe and shabby chic décor making it the perfect place for bonding with friends and enjoying the brighter Summer evenings.

 

Farrier & Draper

Farrier and Draper Cocktails

Another go-to hotspot, Farrier & Draper is nestled right on the front-line of Dublin’s Creative Quarter. With their slick interior, it’s the perfect spot for the drinker who likes a little bit of history. Their impressive glass doors originally served as the Townhouse’s horse and carriage entrance and the upstairs bar was Lady Powerscourt’s very own bedroom. When it comes to cocktails, we love their fresh take on the old classics.

We love Farrier & Drapers take on the Margarita! Just one of their combinations includes tequila, curacao, lime juice, agave syrup and some bitter orange marmalade. It is full to the brim with brilliant citrus flavours to refresh you after a long day of shopping. ‘Shake it baby’ pairs Ketel One Vodka, pomegranate syrup, lime, cranberry and pineapple juice topped off with a dash of soda to make this fruity concoction. Another of our top picks is ‘Whiskey for Business’ with musings bourbon, Bénédictine, cherry syrup, lime juice and mint. How tasty does that sound? Enjoy your cocktails in the 1920’s decor, listening to some uplifting tunes from their in-house DJ.

 The Townhouse Café

The Townhouse Cafe

If you’re looking for something cool and refreshing sans alcohol to quench your thirst you need to check out the ice cold homemade lemonade from The Townhouse Café. Chill out with this delightful cooler bursting with citrus flavour available throughout the Summer here at Powerscourt Centre.

 Powerscourt Townhouse is bursting with yummy cocktails this Summer. Located right in the heart of the Creative Quarter it’s the perfect place to meet for after work drinks or to catch up with old friends!

 

There’s no better way to spend a day off than having a gander around Dublin City Centre. There’s so many fabulous hidden gems in Dublin’s Creative Quarter so we’ve compiled a list of our Top 10 Things to Do.

MoMuse Powerscourt Centre

1. Browse timeless bespoke jewellery at MoMuse

Who doesn’t love unique pieces of jewellery to add to their Summer attire? MoMuse in Powerscourt Centre is home to some of the most beautiful bespoke jewellery. If you’re lucky you just might catch the Irish Designer in action in her shop workshop. Any piece is guaranteed to be a talking point of any outfit so pick up some custom pieces and stand out this Summer.

See MoMuse at Powerscourt for more

This is Knit Powerscourt Centre

2. Learn a new skill with This is Knit!

From knitting to blogging, there’s something to suit the whole gang at This is Knit on the First Floor in Powerscourt Centre. Classes are taught in an informal environment by friendly and enthusiastic teachers. Grab yourself a friend and book in pronto!

See This is Knit at Powerscourt for more

Farrier & Draper

3. Wind down with a 1920’s inspired drink in Farrier and Draper

Nestled right on the front-line of Dublin’s Creative Quarter, Farrier & Draper is the perfect spot for the drinker who likes a little bit of history. Upon entering through their impressive glass doors, which originally served as the Townhouse’s horse & carriage entrance, you will be met by an exhaustive choice of spirits, whiskeys & craft beers. Slainté!

See farrieranddraper.ie for more

Comedy Cellar

4. Have a laugh at The Comedy Cellar!

It’s Ireland’s first and longest running comedy club and has been housed in the International Bar for over 25 years! All week you will be entertained by top class comedy with admission starting at only €5! Whether you’re a first timer or a regular comedy groupie, The Comedy Cellar on Wicklow Street is the perfect place for a giggle!

See the international-bar.com/comedy/ for more.

Grogans

5. Treat yourself to a famous toastie while people watching at Grogans

The home of comfort food on a lazy day. Who can beat a toastie and a bag of Taytos while people-watching? Grogans’ toasties are the crème de la crème of the toasted sandwich world. The ‘Special’ available all day and night makes for the perfect pre, mid and post drinks nibble!

Visit groganspub.ie for more.

Kellys Hotel

6. Enjoy a mini break at Kelly’s Hotel

Kelly’s Hotel right in the heart of it all is the perfect spot for a night away with the gals for a night on the tiles. With tons of bars on your door step you’ll be taxi free! The hardest part will be choosing between a mojito or a cosmo!

Visit kellysdublin.com for more.

Pzazz Powerscourt Centre

7. Have a good hair day at Pzazz!

Say bye bye to bad blow-dries and give your locks some lovin’. As they say, invest in your hair it’s the only crown you don’t take off! Situated where Lady Amelia Wingfield (the first owner of the Townhouse) got glammed up in the 18th Century, it’s impossible not to get lost in the beautiful architecture while the Pzazz hair artists tame your locks.

See Pzazz at Powerscourt Centre for more,

Cooks Academy

8. Improve your culinary skills at Cooks Academy

Can’t boil an egg? Head to Cooks Academy and brush up on your culinary skills! You’ll be an insta foodie in no time! Check out all their courses on South William Street.

Visit cooksacademy.com for more.

Genius

9. Feast your feet with the Genius

Who doesn’t love a new pair of shoes? Genius has all the top brands under one roof, it’s a shoe haven for men and women. Pssst, make sure to check out their fab range of denim too if you have time.

See Genius at Powerscourt for more.

Powerscourt Centre

10. Go back in time

Find out where Mrs. Wingfield contoured her chiselled cheeks and danced the night away with the Powerscourt Tours and get a taste of 18th Century living. You many even uncover some hidden secrets that are buried underneath the beautiful exposed brick walls!

Visit Powerscourt Tours for more information.

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